Offa’s Dyke Path Guidebooks and Maps
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The Offa’s Dyke Path is a 177 mile long-distance footpath following – roughly – the border of England and Wales. It is named after the 8th Century earthwork built by Offa, King of Mercia, along the border of his kindom with that of Wales. The trail was opened in 1971.
“The Offa’s Dyke Path is a magnificent National Trail that runs from the North Wales coast to the Severn Estuary following the line of Offa’s Dyke, an impressive 8th century earthwork along the English/Welsh border. The ever-changing landscape – the Wye Valley, the Black Mountains, the Shropshire Hills and the Clwydian Hills – is steeped in history and legend providing 177 miles of fascinating walking. This is the 5th edition.
* 98 walking maps – 1:20,000 (3 and 1/8 inches to 1 mile) – the largest-scale maps available.
* Unique mapping features – walking times, directions, tricky junctions, places to stay, places to eat, points of interest.
* Itineraries for all walkers – whether walking the route in its entirety or sampling the highlights on day walks and short breaks.
* Practical information for all budgets – what to see, where to stay, where to eat: pubs, B&Bs, hotels, campsites, hostels, with reviews.
* Guides to 52 towns and villages – along the way.
* Public transport information – for all access points on the path.
* GPS waypoints – also downloadable from the Trailblazer website.
* Includes extra colour sections: 16pp colour introduction and 16pp of colour mapping for stage sections (one stage per page) with trail profiles.”
– Offa’s Dyke Path (Trailblazer British Walking Guides, 2019)
“Offa’s Dyke Path (Gogledd Llwybr Clawdd Offa) is the 177-mile National Trail following the ancient earthwork that criss-crosses the border country of modern England and Wales, from the Severn Estuary to the seaside resort of Prestatyn on the Irish Sea. This is the complete, official guide for the long-distance walker or the weekend stroller. All you need is this one book. It contains:
the route split into convenient sections Ordnance Survery mapping for the entire route comprehensive, up-to-date information on public transport, accommodation and places of interest background information on everything from archaeology to wildlife lavishly illustrated with colour photography throughout.”
– Offa’s Dyke Path (National Trail Guides, 2020)
“Guidebook and Ordnance Survey map booklet to walking Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail, following the longest linear earthwork in Britain, running 177 miles along the English-Welsh border between Sedbury (near Chepstow) and Prestatyn on the north Wales Coast.
* The route is described from south to north, and splits the trail into 12 stages, with suggestions for planning alternative schedules.
* A separate map booklet of 1:25,000 scale OS maps shows the full route. Clear step-by-step route descriptions in the guide are illustrated by 1:100,000 OS map extracts. The route description links together with the map booklet at each stage along the way, and the compact format is conveniently sized for slipping into a jacket pocket or the top of a rucksack.
* A trek planner gives at a glance information about facilities, public transport and accommodation available along the route.
* The walk is astonishingly varied, taking in the lower Wye gorge, the Severn and the Dee rift valley, the pastures and woodlands of the border country, the remote moorland of the Black Mountains and the Clwydian range, and the dramatic limestone escarpments of Eglwyseg mountain. What makes it even more special is over 60 miles walking alongside the Saxon earthwork of Offa’s Dyke.”
– Offa’s Dyke Path (Cicerone Walking Guide)
Notes on Offa’s Dyke Path Guidebooks
We advise buying two different Offa’s Dyke Path guidebooks. One will supplement the other in terms of clarity, additional information, etc. The National Trails and Cicerone guidebooks include the relevant sections of the Ordnance Survey maps, but the Trailblazer guide includes a wealth of additional info not just on the actual footpath and geology, but info on accommodation, camping, and where to eat and drink. It also includes detailed Wainwright-type maps.
Offa’s Dyke Path Maps
Rather than a sackful of Ordnance Survey “Explorer” maps, we advise buying the excellent Offa’s Dyke Path Adventure Atlas, which is at the same scale. This, with two of the guidebooks suggested, should present good route-finding, especially as the path is well sign-posted.
“The A-Z Adventure Series of maps combines the best of OS and A-Z, creating the perfect companion for walkers, off-road cyclists, horse riders and anyone wishing to explore the great outdoors. Offa’s Dyke Path is a National Trail skirting the English/Welsh border. The 177 mile (285km) path is named after, and often follows, the spectacular 8th century Offa’s Dyke. The trail links Sedbury Cliffs near Chepstow with the coastal town of Prestatyn, crossing the border over 20 times along the way. The route on the map is clearly highlighted in yellow with mileage markers to gauge distances when planning sections of the walk to enjoy. This official National Trail Map of Offa’s Dyke Path features 52 pages of continuous Ordnance Survey 1:25000 mapping, providing complete coverage of the Offa’s Dyke Path. The atlas includes a route planner showing distances between places and the amenities available, featuring: Information Centres, Hotels/B&Bs, Youth Hostels, Campsites (seasonal opening), Public Houses, Shops, Restaurants, Cafes (seasonal opening) and Petrol Stations. Also featured is advice on safety and security when walking and a selection of QR codes linked to useful websites, including temporary route updates from the National Trails, regional information, map reading advice and weather reports. Unlike the original OS sheets, this A-Z Adventure Atlas includes a comprehensive index to towns, villages, hamlets and locations, natural features, nature reserves, car parks and youth hostels, making it easy to find the required location quickly. Each index entry has a page reference and a six figure National Grid Reference. With a book size of 240mm x 134mm it is the same size as the standard OS folded map.”
– Offa’s Dyke Path Adventure Atlas